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"Great opportunity for professional development--terrible work/life balance"

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Former Employee - Admissions Manager in Denver, CO
Former Employee - Admissions Manager in Denver, CO
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook

I worked at Ashford University full-time (More than a year)

Pros

Working at Ashford is similar to going high school. It's easy. You can go to work, sit at your desk, have conversations with people all day and build some great relationships with co-workers. Once you have proven that you have the chops to succeed as an Admissions Counselor, you can be promoted to manangement. At this level you will receive a tremendous opportunity to learn and develop both personally and professionally. The pay is a lot better as an Admissions Manager.

Cons

The work/life balance of the Admissions Counselor is not too bad. However, they do ask you to work a lot of Saturdays. Once you are in management, you can say goodbye to any life you have outside of Ashford walls. You are a slave to them. If you don't commit everything to your position, you will suffer in your role. If you give everything to the position, your other relationships will be jeapordized. If you are married or in a serious relationship before you go into management, please make sure that they are fully aware that all your time will be devoted to Ashford (if you want to be successful). All in all, it's not terrible. Use it as a career move to get management experience. Be forewarned--most other companies/industries think that for-profit education is a joke. They do not respect what you will have learned or performed at Ashford.

Advice to Management

Stop selling the Admissions Counselor position as something other than a sales position. There is no denying that this is consultative sales. You are attracting the wrong type of people to work at Ashford. Social workers and school teachers are not designed for sales.

Other Employee Reviews for Ashford University

  1. "Micro management"

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    Current Employee - Admissions Counselor in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Admissions Counselor in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Ashford University full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Light rail pass and fun downtown location

    Cons

    micromanagement, under qualified mgmt, poor lead distribution strategy, scheduled break.

    Advice to Management

    There should just be less of you


  2. "Out of Enrollment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Ashford University full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Its a great place to work once you finish your time in the enrollment department. I was happier than can be just about everyday at work. The department I was truly great! Great co-worker! And NO MICRO-managing!

    Cons

    The management is very young and inexperienced but they do their best, and its sad but politics to play a role in promotions.

    Advice to Management

    Promote those who do the work not those who socialize with you after work

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